Re: Correct way to carry LARGE flag in parade
Does anyone have a reference [code] number which states carrying the flag is a violation of the flag etiquette?
The reference is USC 4.1 Section 8c, which Nick quoted in his 7/5/09 post above. However, as I pointed out in my post on the same date (also above), it has become common practice to display flags horizontally, and even the American Legion says it's OK as long as it's done respectfully.
The flag code is not a holy writ -- it's a "codification of existing rules and customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag of the United States of America." (Section 5). This is a case where "existing rules and customs" have changed since the code was written in 1923.
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